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Cardoon

Grows to 6ft, thistle-like purple flowers, leaves can be cooked as a vegetable. Likes well-drained soils in sunny location. Protect from extreme cold. Blanch leaves and stems as a vegetable. Remove tough outer parts of the stem, soak in water with a small amount of lemon juice for 20 minutes, then steam, boil or braise.

Cynara cardunculous

Recipe:

Boil soften stems gently for about 30 minutes. Dip in beaten egg and bread crumbs mixed with parmesan. Deep or shallow fry.
(Based on Jekka McVicar, The Complete Herb Book)

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